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Center of Excellence in Medical Engineering (CEME)

INTRODUCTION

As captured in the Vision 2020, Rwanda has consistently put special emphasis on the development of a citizen-centric health sector by adopting and implementing pragmatic policies which target the poorest members of the population. This has substantially increased access to medical services through improvement of the quality of health care while reducing its cost. In particular, Rwanda Vision 2020 has set specific targets with the objectives, among others, to reduce, over the 2000-2020 period, infant mortality rate from 107 to 50 per 1000 and maternal mortality from 1070 to 200 per 100,000, whereas life expectancy will have increased from 49 to 55 years.

In order to cater for the growing needs in terms of access to quality healthcare services, the health sector has achieved a lot in terms of increase in the number of district hospitals and health centers, while, at the same time, improving the quality of infrastructure and medical equipment in most of the referral hospitals Despite substantial development of the healthcare service delivery, the health sector faces a general shortage of qualified health professionals, particularly amongst highly skilled groups, as depicted in the 2011-2016 HRHSP. This has led the Ministry of Health to orient its strategy towards the aim of increasing the number of appropriately skilled, motivated and equitably distributed health service providers for Rwanda.

As Rwanda aims at dramatically increasing the number of physicians, it is imperative to concomitantly increase the capacity of support personnel, particularly in the area of biomedical engineering and e-health. This is expected to significantly increase both the quality and efficiency of provided healthcare services, in general, while paving way for the development of the whole national healthcare service industry.

In the concept paper NCST proposes the creation of a Center of Excellence in Medical Engineering (CEME) as one of the key success factors to building a vibrant and competitive national healthcare service industry. It is envisioned that through CEME, strong knowledge creation, knowledge acquisition, knowledge transfer and innovation systems are developed to serve the overall vision of the health sector and its contribution to national economic development, as enshrined in the VISION 2020 and EDPRS. It is worth noting that the proposed concept around CEME resulted in a project funded through the African Development Bank which aims at establishing a network of complementary regional centers of excellence in Biomedical Sciences in East Africa: http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/article/afdb-approves-us-98-22-million-loan-for-biomedical-sciences-education-in-east-africa-13570/

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